It breaks my heart every time #SOLC19

On Sunday afternoons, as I make my way home from the grocery store, I see a familiar sight time and time again. If the timing is right, it’s visiting hours at MCI-Concord, a medium security prison for men. The road which I must travel on separates the parking lot for visitors from the prison itself.

It happened again yesterday. As I exited the rotary and began my journey down this road, there they were. Three individuals holding hands, attempting to cross the busy and dangerous street. While I will never know their exact relationship to one another or to whom they are visiting, it appeared that they might be a mother, older daughter, and very young daughter. Visiting husband and father perhaps. I don’t know, but it broke my heart.

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This post is part of the annual month-long Slice of Life writing challenge organized by Two Writing Teachers. Join us! It’s my third year of slicing in the challenge and I’m looking forward to writing and learning along with all of you.

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8 thoughts on “It breaks my heart every time #SOLC19

  1. Breaks my heart, too. But it is our responsibility as citizens to put a stop to the prison industrial complex, to insist our government stop warehousing people.


  2. Thanks for sharing. I’d love to see them even more clearly. I’m glad you see them; it’s all to easy to drive past without noticing.


  3. This got me thinking about the students I’ve taught who had family members in detention. So many people probably drive past this family (and others) and pay them no heed. I hope your notice of them is like a little prayer asking the universe to give them the strength, help, guidance they need to navigate this aspect of their lives.


  4. Thank you for sharing Christie! I agree with others that it is good that you notice these people and consider them rather than just passing them by without thought. It is always good to take notice of those around you and to hope that they have support to get through their struggles.


  5. I can only imagine. I’ve read a few kidlit books that helped me appreciate the difficulty of this dynamic for families: “Ruby on the Outside” by Nora Raleigh Baskin and “All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook” by Leslie Connor. I know students whose parents are incarcerated, and these texts have helped me understand some aspects I couldn’t have imagined. Thanks for this slice today. Reminds me how lucky I (and my family) are.


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